THE RZA STEPS INTO A NEW REALM
When creative juices all flow in the same direction, the level of one’s artistic capabilities can soar to heights that are unimaginable. From his early days as a member, front-man, and producer of rap’s Wu-Tang Clan, the Rza has shown a remarkable amount of growth as a student of his craft. His work ethic has proved to become something of fascination from his many fans and peers. As he continues to get deeper into the film side of things, Rza still remains to be at the top of his class. During his latest endeavor, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’, he’s found himself being the director, screenplay writer, and responsible for the movie’s soundtrack. The movie falls into the tradition of some of film’s most memorable kung fu flicks. With Rza’s cinematic musical production style, which we all come to know him as being heavily-influenced by martial arts, The Man with the Iron Fists is a true measure of Rza’s will to be one of this era’s greatest storytellers and visionaries.
As a legendary hip hop producer, Rza has been responsible for some of today’s true hip hop classics. As the head of the Wu-Tang Clan, he was the mastermind behind the concept of the group as a unit. It seems as though he utilized that same formula for putting together one of the hottest movie soundtracks we’ve heard in a long time. Check out this track from the soundtrack, it’s sure to make you a believer.
1. The Black Keys / RZA – “The Baddest Man Alive” [produced by The Black Keys and The RZA]
2. Ghostface Killah / M.O.P. / Pharoahe Monch – “Black Out” [produced by Fizzy Womack]
3. Kanye West – “White Dress” [produced by Kanye West and The RZA]
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams – “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” [produced by Bob Perry]
5. Idol Warship [Talib Kweli / RES] – “Get Your Way” [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
6. The Wu-Tang Clan / Kool G Rap – “Rivers of Blood” [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
7. Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / Street Life – “Built For This” [produced by Frank Dukes]
8. Killa Sin – “The Archer” [produced by Frank Dukes]
9. RZA / Flatbush Zombies – “Just Blowin’ In The Wind” [produced by The RZA]
10. Pusha T / Raekwon / Joell Ortiz – “Tick, Tock” [produced by Frank Dukes and S-1]
11. Corrine Bailey Rae – “Chains” [produced by Steven James Brown and Corrine Bailey Rae]
12. Francis Yip – “Green Is The Mountain”
13. The Wu-Tang Clan – “Six Directions of Boxing” [produced by Frank Dukes]
14. Mable John – “Your Good Thing (Is About To Come To An End)” [produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter]
15. Wiz Khalifa / Ghostface Killah / Boy Jones – “I Go Hard” [produced by The RZA]
As a member of both Wu-Tang Clan and The Gravediggaz, RZA found success and played a major role in both group’s worldwide appeal. Released before The Wu’s 36 Chambers took off into what it would soon become, The Gravediggaz paved their own way even though the were always associated with the The Wu-Tang Clan. They were well-known for their ‘blood and gore’ themes which accompanied most of their subject matter. As a group, Gravediggaz rode out their shine until the members parted ways in the late 90’s.
What y’all know about this… Shyheim is probably a name that most people are not familiar with but once upon a time, this kid used to roll heavy with the Wu-Tang Clan and even had apron oak g career in the rap game.
In the early 2000’s, the Wu Tang and it’s leader Rza, went through their own renaissance period. Rza wanted to expand his talents and gravitated towards soundtracks and screeplays. But he still managed to churn out some classic tracks with his Wu brethren during the process.
Many fans are anxious to see the Wu-Tang Clan reunite next month when they kickoff a tour with newly signed Shady Records artist, Yelawolf. The tour is due to begin in June on June 11 in London, England at the HMV Forum. Gza was recently weighed in with his thoughts of the reunion, “I feel really great about this tour and I love to perform in the UK…The British fans can expect lots of energy and we’ll be bringing our best, as we always do. We’re really excited about all performing together again and definitely lookin forward to it.” Everyone seems to be getting ready for this tour but no one has yet to confirm whether or not Method Man and The Rza inclusion of the tour. I’m sure that the fans would appreciate their presence in this upcoming Wu reunion.Many fans are anxious to see the Wu-Tang Clan reunite next month when they kickoff a tour with newly signed Shady Records artist, Yelawolf. The tour is due to begin in June on June 11 in London, England at the HMV Forum. Gza recently weighed in with his thoughts of the reunion, “I feel really great about this tour and I love to perform in the UK…The British fans can expect lots of energy and we’ll be bringing our best, as we always do. We’re really excited about all performing together again and definitely looking forward to it.” Everyone seems to be getting ready for this tour but no one has yet to confirm whether or not Method Man and The Rza inclusion of the tour. I’m sure that the fans would appreciate their presence in this upcoming Wu reunion.
HHABC would like to congratulate Wu Tang’s Front Man RZA and his wife Talani
As a producer, entrepreneur and artist RZA has been intrumental in hip-hop for over 20 years and is the brain child behind the phenom of The WU Tang Clan.
RZA’s visionary and artistic forsight has help guide the careers of numerous people within the hip-hop rhealm but also in film through his contributiion to mivies like Kill Bill 1 & 2, Ghost Dog and much more.